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Tim Benford

| | College: Tennessee Tech
 
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Analysis

Positives: Benford is a mature route runner with little wasted movement out of breaks. His cuts are exaggerated, and he appears to understand when to use the cornerback's balance against him. Fearless in traffic. Turns adequate speed into upfield production as a north and south runner. Tracks the ball well.

Negatives: Below-average size for an outside receiver limits Benford's ability to make plays against physical defensive backs. Lacks strength off the line to consistently beat jamming corners. Tentative in traffic and rarely makes big plays.

Career Notes

Named first-team all-OVC each of the past two years, Tim Benford is expected to be not only among the headliners in the Golden Eagle offense, but one of the top receivers in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision … ranked among the Top 10 receivers in FCS by The Sports Network, and listed among the FCS top receivers by College Football Performance Awards … .an impact player from the start of his career, Tim was named the OVC Newcomer of the Year while setting school records in his rookie season … followed that with outstanding years in 2009 and 2010 … comes into his final campaign as a preseason all-OVC selection and poised to shatter the TTU record book … owns 151 career receptions to rank 2nd all-time, needing 45 for the record … had chalked up 2,174 receiving yards to rank 3rd, needing 777 for the record … has 22 career TD catches, needing six to break the school mark … dangerous wide receiver who can cause opponents to adjust defenses to compensate for his skills … extremely hard worker … will rank as one of the program's all-tim top players once his career numbers are added up … has five 100-yard receiving games and multiple catches in 29 of his 32 games … one of only five players in school history with multiple-TD games receiving..landed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for spring semester … selected as a finalist of Tech's 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete award.

2011 Season

Benford had a strong season for the Golden Eagles, catching 65 passes for 923 yards and five touchdowns. Among his many honors this season, Benford was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Offensive Player of the Year. He was named to two All-America squads - a third-team pick on the Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision All-America team, and a second-team All-American by the Sports Network. Benford was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game last week in St. Petersburg, Fla. He caught the first two passes of the game for 36 yards.

2010 Season

Tim led Tech and ranked among OVC leaders in both receptions and receiving yards per game … caught 50 passes for 812 yards and 10 touchdowns … ranked third in the conference and 29th in NCAA in receiving yards per game … ranked sixth in the OVC and 42nd nationally in receptions per game … was fourth in the league in scoring touchdowns … held without a catch at Arkansas by a double-teaming Razorback defense, the only game in his career with a reception … made eight catches agains Southeast Missouri, Murray State and Jacksonville State … posted three 100-yard games … eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns at Southeast Missouri … six catches for 122 yards and two scores against UT Martin … wrapped up the season with eight catches for 114 yards in upset over JSU … narrowly missed two more 100-yard efforts, getting 99 on six cathces against Eastern Kentucky, and 98 yards and eight catches at Murray State … two of his three catches at Tennessee State went for touchdowns … had at least one TD catch in seven of Tech's 11 games … earned his second Robert Hill Johnson Award … named first-team all-OVC for second consecutive season … fourth-team all-America by The Sports Network.

2009 Season

Tim was the starter in 10 games in 2009, missing the Eastern Illinois contest … had receptions in all 10 games including multiple catches in eight contests … season-high six catches for 159 yards at UT Martin for his second career 100-yard game … topped the century mark for the second time in the season and third time in his career with 122 yards on five catches against Tennessee State … also posted five catches each against Eastern Kentucky and Georgia..ranked eighth in the OVC in receptions per game and fourth in receiving yards per game (58.0).

2008 Season

Ranked first in the OVC in receptions, setting a school record with 68 catches … ranked among league leaders in receiving touchdowns (second), receptions per game (second), receiving yards (fifth) and receiving yards per game (seventh) … had 68 catches for 782 yards and nine touchdowns … his 10 TD catches tied the school single-season record … his 68 receptions broke the previous mark (55 by Walter Hill) by 13 catches … season-high 10 catches against Austin Peay was one shy of a school record … also led Tech in scoring with 60 points on his 10 touchdowns … flirted with 100-yard mark receiving twice, getting 99 yards in five catches in first collegiate game against Gardner-Webb, and matching it with 99 yards on four receptions vs. Central Methodist … finally snapped the 100-yard mark with 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns at Austin Peay … finished with 782 yards through the air, ranking as the seventh-best season in school history … also caught two TD passes in game against Eastern Kentucky, finishing with eight receptions for 57 yards.

High School

A much-honored athlete at Red Bank High School, Tim posted some impressive numbers as a four-year letterman and three-year starter … as a senior, he set three school records with 62 catches for 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing his career with 156 receptions for 2,396 yards and 34 touchdowns … also had 14 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns in 2007 … playing defensive back, he made 38 tackles as a senior with seven interceptions and five touchdowns … honors include second-team all-state as a junior and first-team all-state as a senior … team captain … three-time all-region pick … named the Region Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 … twice named to the "Best of Preps" team … selected as that team's Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on The Tennessean "Dream Team" as a senior.

Personal

The son of Tim Lloyd and Karen Davis … full name is Timothy LeBron Benford … birthdate is September 7, 1989 … majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

 
 
Latest News
03/31/2012 - Red Bank native, and former Tennessee Tech all-conference wideout Tim Benford models his game after New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz. Both slightly undersize, both from small schools. Only difference; Cruz has done it all, a Super Bowl ring and the stats to back it up. Benford is hoping to follow in those footsteps by improving his draft stock at UTC's pro day this Monday. "I mean it's a blessing to be in a situation you've been dreaming about your whole life," said Benford. The East-West Shrine Game, the NFL Combine. The past few months have been almost everything Benford has worked so hard for. His only issue, a rib injury limited him at the NFL Combine. Benford said, "the whole ride has been a roller coaster, up and down. It was frustrating but life goes on, you live and learn and make the best of it, that's all." Less than a month after the combine Benford did exactly that at Tennessee Tech's Pro Day posting an impressive 4.48 second 40 yard dash, but the work didn't stop there. Benford now feeling almost 100 percent is set for UTC's Pro Day where former Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman will bring a little extra attention. "Just coming to my own city, hometown guys, what more can you ask for. Just come down the street from where I live to play pitch and catch all day. No you can't beat that," said Benford. Benford who led Tennessee Tech in every receiving category said the pressure is gone, a hometown pro day catching passes from a hometown quarterback, "I'm just gonna get up and go, it's just another day in the playground for me. No butterflies, it's just business." - Paul Shahen, WRCB TV 3 News

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